GEMS is an interdisciplinary research centre, based
at the Faculty of Arts of Ghent University (Belgium).
Its members share a common interest in the cultural
history of the early modern period, which they study
from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives:
the history of literature and art, of architecture,
of science, of religion and politics. GEMS was
formally founded in January 2009 by Maarten
Delbeke, Jürgen Pieters (director), Alexander Roose,
Steven Vanden Broecke and Wim Verbaal.